Mississippi Delta Prepares for More Flooding

Friday, May 06, 2011

All along the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, people are packing up as the flood waters continue to rise, endangering their fields, their homes and their lives. The decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to blast the Birds Point levee in Missouri inundated farmland, but slowed the flooding: water levels in Ohio and further south in Mississippi have dropped considerably. But at the base of the Mississippi Delta, in Vicksburg, Mississippi, people are preparing for the worst — as the water levels are scheduled to crest at 57.5 feet by May 20th.

Joining us is George Sills, a geotechnical engineer and consultant and a retired member of the Army Corps of Engineers, who says that the levees along the Mississippi haven't been properly maintained and that there are many sand boils similar to the one discovered in Cairo, Illinois.

George Sills lives - a geotechnical engineer and consultant and a retired member of the Army Corps of Engineers and he joins us now

Guests:

George Sills

Produced by:

Kateri A. Jochum

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